About Me

I currently have two jobs, one as the mom of a toddler who was born in the summer of 2006, and one as the manager of a local website.

Revised 1/22/09, the first day of my new adventures in motherhood.  🙂

I currently have one job, by my own choice, as the SAHM of a toddler who was born in the summer of 2006, though I may periodically do some random projects on the side.   My husband, our son and I live in a  brick and cedar house  that looks a bit like a gingerbread house in the city of Cleveland on the west side in a neighborhood called West Park that resembles a treehouse in one of the ‘burbs after moving in the summer of 2009.   We love our new neighbors and our neighborhood, and finding new restaurants and things to do with our son who is very active and loves getting out of the house.    I can be opinionated and when I have a particularly good or bad experience I believe strongly in word of mouth, so I decided to start this blog about our experiences with our son and our city.    Maybe someone looking for advice on raising a family in Cleveland or Northeast Ohio (Cleveland Plus) will stumble upon this and it will help them out.   Who knows.

28 Responses

  1. Hi there,
    I found your website after you left a comment on mine and I totally love what you have going here. We at Journey in Parenting are all Cleveland Moms as well and I’m wondering if you would like to exchange blogroll links with us. Hope to hear back from you. You can reach me at journeyinparenting@gmail.com.

    Thanks,
    Jaime Smith

  2. Just found your blog thru Googling Cleveland Mommy Bloggers. I am also a Cleveland area Mom. Will be back again soon!

  3. Hi! I found your site after you posted on mine 🙂 I have gotten so bad about posting on my own site so you’ve inspired me (with your diligent posting) to keep up on my own. Thanks for adding my link to your site – I’ll be sure to return the favor.

    I love you site – it’s so nice to have another source for things to do in Cleveland. Thanks!

  4. Hi: Great web site. My wife and I are the publishers of Family Fun Directory. We have a printed directory, a web site and a weekly enewsletter. Please check out our web site. We’d love to be added to your links under Cleveland Moms. Thanks and great job!

  5. Clevelandmom

    Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my new blog!! I hadn’t even told anyone about it (except Katie from the pic), so it was a surprise to see that someone had even visited it. Was it something to do with the fact that I’d linked to your blog from it?

    I picked up your blog from a set of links one day a few weeks ago on Brewed Fresh Daily, and I loved so much a post you’d put up on reasons to love Cleveland.

    I’m looking forward so much to getting back to Ohio – trying to work the job market now to make sure I have employment when I get there – but hopefully in town by the end of the year.

    I’m really impressed by your blog. I sincerely hope that I can have something that presents so well one day. At the moment, I’m simply trying to maintain the discipline of posting regularly. After that I’ll work on how it looks.

    Thanks again. I’ll keep up with what you’re writing about, and look forward to meeting you in C-Town one day.

    Tim

  6. Hi Cleveland Mom,

    Love your site. I wanted to say hello and introduce myself I am the Cleveland MomsLikeMe.com Site Manager. Momslikeme.com was formally known as Northcoast Moms and has recently re-launched to a MomsLikeMe.com site.

    In conjunction with WKYC TV3 and dedicated area moms, we are developing MomsLikeMe.com into a destination where moms can discuss being a mom, seek advice and support, or find a few minutes to escape the stresses of being a mom.

    Being in the role of supporting the conversations of moms has and is a personal passion for me. I have spent the past 12 years creating, producing and hosting Family Matters Radio, a nationally syndicated talk radio program and web site. Family Matters Radio is the only nationally syndicated, award-winning talk program for women and moms co-hosted by women and is still on the air in Cleveland and thirteen affiliate stations across the country.

    At TV3 and Momslikeme.com, We want to help lift the voices of Cleveland mom bloggers to support their efforts and help promote their blogs to the Greater Cleveland community.

    Beyond being an important member and contributor to the Cleveland Momslikeme.com site, we are planning special on-air activities with the Cleveland Mom bloggers group here at TV3 – similar to our “meet the bloggers” activities TV3 does during the election.

    So, if you are interested we’d love to have you on board! You can email me at jchakirelis@wkyc.gannett.com or register at the Clevelandmomslikeme.com and join this special group that has been set up for Cleveland bloggers:

    http://cleveland.momslikeme.com/grp/moms.cleveland/Bloggers?pwd=laxly-plank

    I’d be happy to answers questions you may have. Looking forward to seeing you on the site!

    Jacquie

  7. Hello,

    I’m Mike from Center’d. As your readers begin planning for the holidays, I thought I’d reach out and share a resource that they might find useful. Center’d has teamed up with Real Simple to create a Thanksgiving planning center with tips, recipes and ready-made plans to help make this turkey day a success.

    You can view the site here: http://www.centerd.com//plans/static/2008/thanksgiving/main/

    You would find more pages on thanksgiving like Potluck Dinner, Recipes and 40 Ways to Simplify Thanksgiving.

    We’d love to hear what you think about Center’d and a mention in your blog would be appreciated if you feel our site would bring value to your readers.

    Thanks and Regards
    Mike

    This email is intended to share valuable information with you. If you have encountered any inconvenience, we sincerely apologize.

    To be removed from the mailing list, hit reply button with subject “Unsubscribe”. Please allow 3 business days to be removed from this list.

  8. Hi Cleveland Mom,
    I found a great children’s resale shop that I wanted to share with your followers! Silly Sprouts Consignment Shoppe in North Ridgeville has baby and kids clothes up to size 16, as well as toys, baby accessories and maternity wear. This is the nicest, most friendly resale shop that I’ve ever been to and definitely worth a visit! The owner is a mother of 4 who genuinely loves to help families save money while getting great items for kids!

    Silly Spouts is celebrating its 1 year anniversary with a Sale-A-Bration on Saturday, December 6th from noon until 4pm. Special sales, as well as great events for the kids such as face painting, balloon animals, character visits with some special friends, a bubble machine and more! The web site is http://www.freebwebs.com/sillysprouts or you can call the shop at 440-327-1086 for more information.

    Thanks and Best Regards,
    Jen

  9. We are currently developing a mom/dads/family section at cleveland.com and would love to talk to you about being a part of it. Feel free to contact me at scampola@cleveland.com

  10. Hey, here’s another place to check out (OK, it’s not in Cleveland but it’s still a fun thing to do somewhat nearby)
    http://www.wrmrrm.org/

  11. Hi Lori,

    I was getting caught up on my Google Reader and caught your post about my blog giveaways. What a small world. I have a huge summer makeover contest launching soon with Zen Metro Spa where readers can send a “before” pic in and why they should win, and readers/friends can vote for the winner, I’ll be sure to let you know when it starts.

    The Weekly Giveaways are going to happen every Friday (starting this week, there will be one Cleveland-area prize, and one prize available to anyone nation-wide, but usually from a Cleveland-area business: http://triciachaves.blogspot.com/search/label/Giveaways

    So good to “see” you here 🙂 And glad to see how well things are going for you!
    xoxo
    Trish

  12. Hi Lorelei,
    found your blog through a mutual friend on LinkedIn. I think it’s great and if it ‘s OK with you, I will pass it along to my customers — who are mostly stay-at-home-moms, interested in parenting and raising healthy kids.
    disturner@aol.com
    Diane

    • Thanks Diane! Yes, of course, feel free to pass along the blog info to anyone you think would be interested.

  13. Hi there,

    I represent Vlasic Pickles, and as you may know our “Crunch” Campaign is all about the kids! We are hosting a cute event at the National Hamburger Festival where the Vlasic Stork will give away prizes to the kids with the LOUDEST CRUNCH!!! I was hoping to send you more info and see how to go about posting the event on your site. Please get back to me at your earliest!

  14. Hi Cleveland Mom!
    I came across your blog while looking for family events in the Cleveland area. Your blog appears to be a great outlet for local moms to network and know what’s going on in their city. I would like to give you information about a free event that will be in Cleveland next week. Please let me know how I can send information to you.

    Thanks!

  15. Hi Cleveland Mom!
    I came across your blog while searching for info on Wildwater Kingdom. We’ll be up your way for a wedding later this summer, and thought we might do the water park one day…I’ve got a 2 year old, and a 1 year old nephew- does WK have an area appropriate for little tykes? (We’d be at Cedar Point if I wasn’t prego!) Thanks for any opinion you can provide- enjoy your summer!
    Jen in NC

    • Hello Jen,

      I guess it depends on if you are going there solely to entertain the toddlers. If so, I’d recommend finding a recreation center nearby to where you’ll be staying and going that route as several (Rocky River, Bay Village and Solon off the top of my head) have fun gadgets and little pools for the tykes. But, if you are going for yourself, husband and others who are older, there are places in the park where the little ones can hang out with adult supervision/assistance like coral cove (http://www.wildwaterfun.com/public/attractions/coral_cove.cfm) and splash landing (http://www.wildwaterfun.com/public/attractions/splash_landing.cfm). I haven’t been there yet but was thinking of taking my almost three year-old this summer as he’s now over 36 inches and might be able to enjoy it a bit more. We took him to Great Wolf Lodge in the winter and they had something similar to Spalsh Landing there. At the time he was about 30 months old and really enjoyed it.

    • Hello again Jen from NC,

      Out of curiosity, I looked at Cedar Point’s website, and it looks like Soak City (the waterpark area of Cedar Point) has more to offer in terms of toddler activities (toddler river, tadpole town and choo choo lagoon). Plus, I have been through the Camp Snoopy area and there are two other areas of the park with rides for smaller kids: http://www.cedarpoint.com/public/park/kids/areas.cfm I’m actually thinking of taking my toddler there instead now that I see how much there is to do. And I love Cedar Point, there’s so much to do for the grown-ups too.

      Either way, I hope you enjoy your time here in the area!

      Lorelei

  16. Hi,

    I’m Julie, the editor of “Mamapedia Voices”, and we feature guest bloggers on Mamapedia, a site for Moms all across the country. I’ve just found your blog, and would like to invite you write a piece which could be featured on our site.

    Though Mamapedia Voices has just started out, it is already receiving a lot of attention, both on our site, on our guest bloggers’ sites, and beyond. We promote our featured guest bloggers through emails, Twitter, Facebook and more. It’s a wonderful opportunity to grow your audience!
    If you would like to participate, please take a look at Mamapedia Voices. Next, sign up here http://bit.ly/UTCGU to be on the blogger roster, and then you will be able to see the complete (and easy) instructions for submitting a piece for consideration.

    Also, because we like your blog, please download a recognition badge from us- there are many fun designs to choose from here: http://www.mamapedia.com/voices/blogger_badge

    Thank you, and I look forward to reading more of your work!

    Best wishes,
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    Editor, Mamapedia Voices

  17. Hi Cleveland Mom!

    I came across your blog when looking for moms in Cleveland who would be interested in participating in a program Mom Central is doing with Feld Entertainment. (Feld produces the Ringling Bros. and Disney On Ice Shows)
    Basically, we ask moms to help us spread the word about the shows and a coupon code we created, and in exchange hold a meet and greet event on opening night of the circus (which is 10/21/09) and also provide complimentary tickets. I really like your blog, and it seems like you are always looking for fun things to do with your son–so I hope this program would be a good fit! I hope to hear from you soon!

    Best,

    Lauren
    lauren@momcentral.com
    http://www.momcentral.com

  18. Your blog is very helpful!!! My husband & I are considering a move to Cleveland for a promotion in his firm. We have a toddler girl (born in May 2008).

    I will certainly be digging around in your blog & other Cleveland Mom blogs to get a better perspective on what I have to look forward to being a SAHM up there. I want to thank you in advance for blogging & sharing so much of yourself with us searching the interwebs.

    Sincerely,
    Kelly
    Richmond, VA

  19. Hi Lorelei-

    Love your blog, especially your most recent post! Thanks for sharing information about events that are kid-friendly. I wanted to see if you had heard anything about Bruegger’s and their event with Toys for Tots this weekend. Evidently, children who come in and donate a toy to the Toys for Tots foundation will receive a free kid’s meal. Thought it would be a good post for moms who want to show their children what the holidays are all about!

    Thanks again,
    Kathryn

  20. I wanted to pass this your way in hopes that your readers might be interested in two creative contests from iconic brands Duncan Hines and Mrs. Butterworth’s.

    Do you take Mrs. Butterworth’s® with you wherever you go? Mrs. Butterworth’s, the thick, rich and buttery syrup that has been brightening-up breakfast tables for generations, wants you to enter the “Where in the World is Mrs. Butterworth’s?” Contest. From now through February 28, 2010, Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup lovers across the U.S. are invited to submit a photo showing where in the world they are with Mrs. Butterworth’s. Entries can depict you with your favorite syrup bottle anywhere in the world. Whether it’s at your favorite restaurant, at a holiday celebration or a New Year’s ball! There will be six winners. One grand prize winner will receive $1,000 cash prize and five finalists will each receive one $250 American Express gift card. All winners will also receive a year’s supply (one case per person) of Mrs. Butterworth’s thick, rich and buttery syrup! (ARV: $40.00). To enter visit http://www.mrsbutterworthsyrup.com/whereismrsbutterworth/

    Duncan Hines is calling all creative bakers for the best birthday creations! In honor of the launch of moist Deluxe Confetti Cupcakes and Duncan Hines featured Cake Stackers game in 2K Play’s Birthday Party Bash video game for the Wii system-Duncan Hines would like to know what YOU bake to celebrate birthdays. Share your best birthday cake recipe and photo with Duncan Hines and earn your chance to win a Duncan Hines 2K Play Birthday Party Bash Grand Prize Event. The Grand Prize includes a Wii system copy of Birthday Party Bash, 4 Confetti Cake Mixes, 4 tubs of Vanilla Frosting and a $250 check for party decorations (ARV of $500). All contest participants will be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win 1 of 100 Birthday Party Bash video games for Wii (SRP of $19.99)! To enter visit http://www.duncanhines.com

    Is this something you might be interested in covering? I can send high-res images and more information upon request. Please get back to me at your earliest convince; hope to hear from you soon!

    Best,

    Anika Gaither
    Bender Hammerling Group
    546 Valley Rd.
    Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
    Office: 973.744.0707
    Fax: 973.746.2199
    pr@bhgpr.com

  21. Hi there!

    We’re the new deal site on the block in Cleveland—serving up savings of ONLY 50% off or more, ONLY at great restaurants! Because our focus is on discounts and dining, we thought you might be interested. In July, you can expect to see a new dining deal served up each day on our website, http://iDineDeals.com.

    We invite you to visit us online at http://iDineDeals.com to learn more and to enter our iPad™ sweepstakes (open to residents of Ohio and Texas). If you have questions or comments, or if you’re interested in hosting our deal widget or banner on your website, we’d love to hear from you.

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  22. How are you? I am an Account Manager for G2, a Marketing firm, and we are in the middle of organizing a Food Contest with Aetna. The contest occurs in multiple locations, but one of the locations is at the RIPE! Food & Garden Festival in Cleveland. We are looking for any cooks out there to submit healthy food recipes online; the deadline is September 8th. The top 48 healthiest recipes will move on to the competition. The celebrity guests throughout the contest will be Bobby Flay, Sunny Anderson, Sara Moulton, and Cat Cora. Please check out this website for more information, http://www.healthyfoodfight.com

    I am writing to you to inquire about your help. I noticed your blog and I find it very interesting and relevant for this contest. Moms always have wonderful recipes!! It would be much appreciated if you could let your viewers of your website know about this contest (or if you, yourself have ideas for recipes!) and submit them online. Good luck if you decide to enter, and if not, please keep posting! 🙂

  23. Hi! Love reading your blog and am from the Cleveland area (North Olmsted).

    Just wanted to pass along a special holiday giveaway to your readers from Relic (a Fossil brand) that I just found out about: http://bit.ly/eF4mus they are giving away watches, jewelry, handbags, etc and you will also get a coupon code to use on their site — 50% off!

    Happy Holidays!

  24. Fun family friendly event this Saturday at SPACES!

    Brunch with Broken Instruments (Machine Project Event)
    With Liz Glynn
    Saturday, February 26, 2011, 11:00AM – 1:00PM
    SPACES • 2220 Superior Viaduct • Cleveland, OH 44113
    http://www.spacesgallery.org
    216-621-2314

    Food, and unmelodious melodies

    Food from local foodies, restaurants, and food trucks, plus music. Come join LA artists Liz Glynn and Corey Fogel from Machine Project as we all share a delicious meal and play a tune – or something like it – on a broken instrument.

    Liz and Corey will be playing on the instruments (which will be broken on Wednesday night during Destruction Karaoke at SPACES), and the public will be able to participate. Definitely a family friendly event! Hang out and play on Nate Page’s couchbleachers!

    My 5-year old daughter Nora LOVES the couchbleachers! Liz and Corey are great with kids. Please come and have a fun Saturday brunch.

    Martha

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